Kidney/Renal

Opinion: Giving the gift of life (St. Paul's Hospital)

In April 2007, I was told to find a kidney donor.

“I've had 31 years that I should have never had” (Dr. David Landsberg, St. Paul's Hospital)

Kelly Johnston has been living on borrowed time for the last 30 years.

Specialist says diabetes tracking would help Yukoners (Dr. Adeera Levin, St. Paul's Hospital)

Yukon residents would benefit from a system to determine how many people have diabetes, according to Dr. Adeera Levin, a nephrologist at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver who treats patients with chronic kidney disease, one of the serious complications from diabetes.

Searching for PROOF of person-specific prevention and care (Prevention of Organ Failure Centre of Excellence)

We are all too aware of the immense global burden of heart, lung and kidney failure, and the challenges they pose to communities, health systems, care providers, and patients and families. 

Type 2 Diabetes Overtakes Type 1 Diabetes in Young People

A new study by researchers at Providence Health Care (PHC) shows Type 2 diabetes has drastically increased in people under 30, even surpassing Type 1 diabetes.

Police inspector in Abbotsford, B.C., to donate kidney to fellow officer (St. Paul's Hospital)

Forget about a million-dollar jackpot. A British Columbia police detective says he’s won the lottery on life after one of his supervisors volunteered to give him a kidney.

Nanaimo man makes full recovery after receiving kidney from wife (St. Paul's Hospital)

Earlier this year, Terry Picard discovered the kidney donor he desperately needed had been right next to him for over 30 years.

Friend, can you spare a kidney? (St. Paul's Hospital)

From a friendship which developed more than 25 years ago working together in a Vancouver law firm, Jean Bell and Sue McKeeman never imagined years later they would share more than life’s milestones together—they would share the gift of a kidney.

The friends, now both Comox Valley residents, went through a truly life-saving experience when McKeeman and Bell entered the paired-exchange program through the BC Kidney Foundation.

“If you’ve got a healthy pair, why not?” said McKeeman about her participation and kidney donation to the program.

Wife donates kidney to husband of 30 years

Greta and Terry Picard from Nanaimo have been married for three decades.

But eight years ago Terry’s kidneys started failing and he had to go on dialysis, desperate for a kidney donor.

Just when it looked like there was nothing on the horizon, Greta decided to get tested to see if she could be the one.

Turns out she is.

“When you go years and years of not being able to do the things that you’ve always done, play tennis, swim, walk, run, I mean just, work, when you’re not able to do those things, it’s trying,” said Terry.

Amy Judd reports

Website brings help to chronic disease sufferers

A new website is helping patients with two or more chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart, kidney or lung disease, monitor their health from home.

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